Some of you might have already seen this, but a friend of mine sent me a copy of an actual test given to 8th graders as a final exam so they could graduate from 8th grade....in 1895!
Since I am a former educator and English was my specialty, I am only including the "grammar" section of the test. Holy Cow! I thought I was doing well to get through college in 1968. I'm extremely glad I didn't have to pass this exam!
Grammar (Time, one hour)
1. Give nine rules for the use of capital letters.
2. Name the parts of speech and define those that have no modifications.
3. Define verse, stanza and paragraph
4. What are the principal parts of a verb? Give principal parts of 'lie,
''play,' and 'run.'
5. Define case; illustrate each case.
6 What is punctuation? Give rules for principal marks of punctuation.
7 - 10. Write a composition of about 150 words and show therein that you
understand the practical use of the rules of grammar.
Well, see how well you do. I had a little problem with #4 and #5.
I don't have an answer key. I looked up a few things in my old grammar handbook.
There's more subjects tested. I skipped the Arithmetic section altogether. I did well on the US history section, I think!! (I didn't write a composition, either.)